hit the bull's-eye

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hit the bull's-eye

 
1. Lit. to hit the very center of a circular target. The archer hit the bull's-eye three times in a row. I didn't hit the bull's-eye even once.
2. Fig. to achieve the goal perfectly. Your idea really hit the bull's-eye. Thank you! Jill has a lot of insight. She knows how to hit the bull's-eye.
See also: hit

hit the bull's-eye

Also, hit the mark or the nail on the head . Be absolutely right, as in Your remark about finances hit the bull's-eye, or Jane hit the mark with her idea for shuffling personnel, or The governor's speech on attracting new businesses hit the nail on the head. The round black center of a target has been called a bull's-eye since the 17th century; mark similarly alludes to a target; and the analogy to driving home a nail by hitting it on its head dates from the 16th century. Also see off the mark.
See also: hit
References in classic literature ?
Still, we can't deny that you hit the nail on the head sometimes.
When poured out, he took it and looked at it with a sharp, complacent air, like,a man who thinks he has done about the right thing, and hit the nail on the head, and proceeded to dispose of it in short and well-advised sips.